Detroit Mayor Pleads for For­give­ness

The Washington Post - - National News -

DETROIT — Mayor Kwame Kil­patrick pleaded for for­give­ness from his fam­ily and his con­stituents and vowed to re­main mayor in an emo­tional tele­vised speech, his de- layed re­sponse to re­cently re­vealed racy text mes­sages that con­tra­dict his sworn tes­ti­mony that he did not have a phys­i­cal re­la­tion­ship with a key aide.

He did not spec­ify, how­ever, what he was apol­o­giz­ing for, say­ing le­gal mat­ters pre­vented him from do­ing so. A pros­e­cu­tor is in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether the mayor and chief of staff Chris­tine Beatty lied un­der oath dur­ing a whis­tle-blower’s law­suit last sum­mer in which both de­nied hav­ing a phys­i­cal re­la­tion­ship. A con­vic­tion of ly­ing un­der oath can bring up to 15 years’ im­pris­on­ment.

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